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Staff Nurse - Ophthalmology Department

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 Per annum including High Cost Area
Closing date
18 Jun 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Ophthalmics nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you looking for a new role that allows you to make a real difference to patient's quality of life? If so we are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, dynamic, caring and flexible registered nurse to join our busy Ophthalmology outpatients' clinic.

The role involves rotation between Eye clinics, Pre-assessment, Emergency eye care service. This post is based at Ophthalmology Clinic within Denmark Hill, King's College Hospital.

The service is operational 7 days a week, and the successful person will need to work flexibly.

Main duties of the job

  • Act with professionalism and integrity - being a role model for those around you, ensuring that everyone has equal opportunity
  • Find solutions to problems and be able to demonstrate a positive approach to new challenges, encouraging others to do the same
  • Understand what people need and be adaptable and responsive to provide a service which is tailored to meet the needs of every individual
  • Help to create an environment where differences are valued, encouraged and supported
  • To provide a high-quality, person-centred service which complies with relevant legislation and standards
  • Be honest and learn from mistakes. Help to create a 'no blame' culture where people feel able to share and learn from experiences, together
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team, demonstrating effective communication.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues at all levels, both within, and outside the department
  • Be mindful of how your role impacts the wider organisation and the people we serve
  • Build rapport and trust with those you work with, ensuring that people are supported to be as well as they can be
  • Actively listen, showing empathy when needed
  • Be curious and creative about new ideas and possibilities - identify what works well and do more of it
  • Help to develop and foster a learning environment where feedback is welcomed and valued
  • Be able to work with autonomy and be accountable for your actions. Make decisions which are best for the service without seeking permission unless necessary

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of �1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local hospital services across its different sites, and specialist services from King's College Hospital (KCH) in Denmark Hill, the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) in Bromley, Orpington Hospital and services at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and the Beckenham Beacon.

The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reachis our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Delivering a high standard of evidence-based care to patients.

Ensuring good standards of care for the patient are maintained at all times.

Adhering to NMC Code of Professional conduct at all times.

Involving and supporting patients, relatives, carers and friends in the care process.

Promoting well-being and involving patients and relatives in health education.

Ensuring clear and accurate written and verbal information is given at all times.

Ensuring contemporaneous record keeping at all times.

Seeking advice from more senior/experienced members of staff where appropriate.

Working effectively as part of the immediate team and wider multidisciplinary team (MDT) through:

Liaising effectively with all members of the MDT to ensure patients needs are met.

Upholding a duty of care and clinical governance through:

Observing a general duty of care for the health, safety and well-being of yourself, work colleagues, visitors and patients within the hospital.

Ensuring the rules, policies, procedures and standards of Kings College Hospital NHS Trust Foundation together with all relevant statutory and professional obligations are adhered to at all times.

Maintaining patient confidentiality, dignity and privacy at all times.

Adhering to the Trusts policy on valuing equality and diversity and showing due regard for each patients cultural and religious beliefs, gender, ethnicity, age and sexuality.

Strictly adhering to the National Code of Practice on Infection Control. Staff Nurse (Band 5) Job Description Date of Origin: June 2009 3

Taking responsibility for your own personal development and keeping up to date with nursing and medical knowledge.

Being aware of current research and the implications for the ward/unit speciality.

Acting as a role model at all times and for all staff.

Acting as practice supervisor and/or preceptor/mentor for junior and newly qualified staff.

Working with appropriate members of the teaching staff to ensure effective staff development (own and others).

Participating in Trust and Divisional initiatives to develop nursing practice and support change.

Exercising leadership and taking the initiative where appropriate.

Providing support and advice to ward/unit staff (especially junior staff) on clinical and administrative issues.

Liaising with discharge coordinator / bed manager to ensure effective admission/discharge of patients.

Keeping the ward/unit sister / charge nurse informed of significant changes and/or anticipated problems.


The post holder has a general duty of care for their own health, safety and wellbeing and that of work colleagues, visitors and patients within the hospital, in addition to any specific risk management or clinical governance accountabilities associated with this post.

To observe the rules, policies, procedures and standards of King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust together with all relevant statutory and professional obligations.

We want to be an organisation where everyone shares a commitment to delivering the very best care and feels like their contribution is valuable and valued.

At Kings we are a kind, respectful team:

Kind. We show compassion and understanding and bring a positive attitude to our work

Respectful. We promote equality, are inclusive and honest, speaking up when needed

Team. We support each other, communicate openly, and are reassuringly professional

To observe and maintain strict confidentiality of personal information relating to patients and staff.

To be responsible, with management support, for their own personal development and to actively contribute to the development of colleagues.

This job description is intended as a guide to the general scope of duties and is not intended to be definitive or restrictive. It is expected that some of the duties will change over time and this description will be subject to review in consultation with the post holder.

All employees must hold an '' email account which will be the Trust's formal route for email communication.

Person Specification

Education / Skills


  • Registered Nurse (RN1) with active NMC registration at time of starting appointment
  • Proficiency in dispensing and administrating oral & IV medication
  • Demonstrates ability to manage patients emotional needs and demonstrate empathy and caring
  • demonstrates ability to work collaboratively with other staff members

Employer details

Employer name

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


King's College Hospital

Denmark Hill



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